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Motto

Motto (18 Aksakov Street, Sofia) – at this bar, the range of cocktails to choose from is immense, with a variety of short and long drinks on the menu (their daiquiris and mojitos come in several different fruity flavors).  And don’t worry about having another, since the cocktails here cost half of what they would […]

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Memento

Memento (106 G.S. Rakovski Street, Sofia) – this bar is located on a strip locally known as the “Bulgarian Broadway”.  The outdoor seating draws in a significant crowd in the scorching summer months, and in the evening it’s the expertly mixed cocktails that everyone is after. Memento features a pool, chaise lounges (beach beds), sand, […]

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Hambara

Hambara (22, 6-ti Septemvrt Street, Sofia) — the cavernous space within is entirely candlelit and spread across two floors with shaky wooden benches and tables.  During the Communist period, as of now, patrons know of this venue strictly by word of mouth.  People here are notorious for failing to observe the smoking ban, but this […]

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Bilkova

Bilkova (22 Tsar Ivan Shishman Street, Sofia) – this pub was named after a pharmacy that once sold herbal remedies at this spot decades ago.  Visitors will find an unpretentious and outgoing crowd enjoying beers and spirits at reasonable prices. Locating it shouldn’t be a problem – just follow the murmur of revelers hanging around […]

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Black Label Whisky Bar

Black Label Whisky Bar (7 Tsar Osvoboditel Boulevard, Sofia) – with its classical Baroque interior (complete with oil paintings of Bulgarian historic figures, it’s no surprise that this bar was once a military club that hosted fancy balls for the local elite.  Still, the dress code here is formal, so patrons should know this before […]

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Vkusnoto Kebapche

Vkusnoto Kebapche (20 San Stefano Street, Sofia) – this is a restaurant that foreigners go to when they want to sample Bulgarian cuisine.  The literal translation of this restaurant’s name is “tasty sausage roll” – which is one of its specialties.  This is a kind of sausage roll made of ground pork and grilled on […]

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Vino and Tapas

Vino and Tapas (38 Knyaz Al. Dondukob Blvd., Sofia) – this restaurant serves a selection of Mediterranean dishes, along with both Bulgarian and International wines.  The atmosphere is cozy and resembles an authentic wine cellar.  It’s hidden in Sofia’s downtown area.  Although in this neighborhood, the bars and restaurants rarely have gardens, in the warm […]

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Tavan

Tavan (98 Balgariya Blvd., Sofia) – located on top of a 12-story office building, this is a rooftop restaurant which serves a variety of international dishes (from fresh Aegean sea fish & seafood, to chilled meat from Argentine, American steaks, pasta pork Vienna Schnitzel, and Risotto with Porcini mushrooms).  The area is very close to […]

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Soul Kitchen

Soul Kitchen (13 Kokiche Street, Sofia) – this is an unusual restaurant in the Balkans:  one that caters to vegetarians and vegans.  Items like guacamole and hummus are among the preferred items here.  Dishes are prepared with low temperature and using carefully picked products such as himalayan salt and cold-pressed olive oil. You could also […]

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Pri Orlite

Pri Orlite (11 Dyakon Ignatiy Street, Sofia) – located on the 18th floor of the city’s Ministry of Transport building, this rooftop bar attracts those who want to enjoy an eagle’s eye view of the city while enjoying a glass of wine or beer.  Liquor is not the only item served here – there is […]